Upcoming Events

October 2017

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October 21, 2017, 8:00PM: Father's and Flashlights

The Houston Astronomical Society will be at the 2017 Father’s and Flashlights event, benefitting the Friends of West University Parks.

October 23, 2017, 6:00PM: Houston Cinema Arts Society Outreach Event

The Houston Astronomical Society will be performing outreach at the Houston Cinema Arts Society’s kick off dinner.

October 27, 2017, 7:00PM: All Clubs Meeting at HMNS

No meeting First Friday at UH. Instead all members are encouraged to attend the 2017 All Clubs Meeting.

Regional Meeting Information

Where: Houston Museum of Natural Science - Room TBD, 1 Hermann Circle Drive, Houston 77002
When:  Friday, October 27th, 2017
Registration, Refreshments: Starting at 7:00 PM
Meeting: 7:30 to 10:00 PM
Keynote Speaker:  NASA Astronaut Gregory C. Johnson

For details on the Regional All Clubs Meeting, see http://astronomyday.net/regional_meeting.html

October 28, 2017, 7:00PM: International Observe The Moon Night (InOMN)

Saturday, October 28 is International Observe the Moon Night (InOMN)!  We amateur astronomers often lament those nights when the moon interferes with our deep-sky observational pursuits, but our closest, large-ish celestial neighbor has a lot of things to offer to even the most advanced among us.  Join us for a star party in the heart of Houston!

We're partnering with the Lunar and Planetary Institute to bring the joy of observing the moon to the masses on Saturday, October 28, at Levy Park - near Richmond and Buffalo Speedway.  Festivities will officially begin at 7pm, and run until 9pm or so.  We'll also have a table at the park where we'll answer any questions about the club that the public might have.

This event is open to everyone, and is free to the public.  Email outreach@astronomyhouston.org if you have any questions.

Event: International Observe the Moon Night

Where: Levy Park (3801 Eastside St, Houston, TX 77098)

When: October 28, 2017 from 7pm-9pm

Number of volunteers needed: 4-6, but the more the merrier!  Also, if anyone would like to take photos of the event, please let me know!

November 03, 2017: Annual Membership Meeting. Seminars at UH

Novice Meeting: 7:00PM
Novice Meeting Topic: 
Novice Meeting Speaker: 
General Meeting: 8:00PM
General Meeting Topic: 
Space Radiation 101
General Meeting Speaker: 
Dr. Kevin B Beard, Wyle Laboratories Inc & NASA Johnson Space Center
Parking and Directions (View Map)

Meetings are held in the Science & Research building at the University of Houston Main Campus. The novice meeting is in room 116, the general meeting is in room 117.

NOTE NEW PARKING INFORMATION: Parking is available in lot 15C. Refer to the Google Map below for directions. This parking is available from 6:30 p.m. until 10:00 p.m. on the Friday night of the HAS meeting.

This parking is free. If you get a notice from the UH campus police on the night of the meeting, call the UH Security office and let them know that this area has been made available on HAS meeting night by the Parking Department.

Map to Parking

November 10, 2017, 7:00PM: WSIG/Texas 45 Fall List - FRIDAY

We heard you! Doing the Texas 45 on Friday night gives you the rest of the weekend free. Let’s meet FRIDAY at the observatory chart room where we will split into groups and cycle through instructors Amelia on the 8” Dobsonian, Jayne on binoculars, and Rene on the observatory 12.5” f/5 to find the Fall List Objects. Bring binoculars, a red flashlight, and planisphere if you have them. If you don’t have a planisphere, SkyMaps.com is a great resource and has many of the fall list objects identified. 

This program is open to all members! WSIG members are the instructors.

Rain Date: Friday, Nov 17, 2017

 To join the HAS WSIG, the Women’s Special Interest Group, contact HAS_Women@astrolist.org

November 11, 2017, 4:45PM: Novice Lab at the Dark Site

Join us at the Dark Site for a hands-on course for learning to navigate the night sky. Make sure as always to bring your red flashlights and warm clothes, but also be sure to bring a folding chair to sit in, and some paper and pen/pencil. Schedule of activities is as follows:

6:30-7:30 - detailed presentation on general sky mechanics plus a tour of the constellations.

7:30-8:00 - constellation sketching - we will all begin working on the AL's Constellation Hunter program together

8:00-9:30 - everyone will get the opportunity to locate various objects manually using my 10" dob.

The program concludes in time for anyone who wishes to leave at the 10 pm light window. But of course, anyone is welcome to stay longer and observe.

Please RSVP to stephenj@astronomyhouston.org (link sends e-mail) so that we know how many people will be there for the class.  Clear skies!

November 14, 2017, 7:00PM: Board Meeting

HAS Board Meeting
Open to all members of HAS
Date: Wednesday Sep 20, 2017
Time: 7p–9p
Location: 1414 Wirt Road, Houston, Texas 77055
Directions: Trini Mendenhall Community Center

November 15, 2017, 7:00PM: VSIG Meeting - November

Monthly Meeting of the Visual Observing Special Interest Group.  Join your fellow visual observers in the club for lively discussion of all kinds of visual observing.  Feel free to present your own observing projects to the group, or just come to soak up info from the rest of us. 

Meeting to be held at the Trini Mendenhall Community Center, 1414 Wirt Rd. 

November 30, 2017, 6:00PM: Save the Date: Meyer Public Library

If you recall all the way back to January (a long time ago, I know…) the Meyer Public Library hosted a star party that was put on by both H.A.S. and the Bellaire H.S. Astronomy Club.  Well, I got an email from the youth librarian saying that their patrons are still talking about that night, and they have been begging them for another star party.  We’re trying to find a date that works, but as of right now, it looks like November 30 is when we’ll be back out.  Save that date, and I’ll send more details once we finalize the plans. /Joe Khalaf

December 16, 2017, 5:00PM: WSIG/Texas 45 Winter Class - Catch up

This is the last session of the 2017 Class of the HAS Texas 45. Let’s finish up! Bring binoculars, a red flashlight, and a planisphere if you have them. The observatory will be open with two telescopes reserved. 

  • Sunset is 5:27 p.m. Bring snacks; we’ll have K-Cup coffee, tea, and hot chocolate available. Fyi, bananas help you stay awake.
  • RSVP to ReneG@astronomyhouston.org. Open to all members who have taken the online site orientation. Space is limitted.
  • Don’t forget to reserve a bunk: HASBooking@astronomyhouston.org
  • Note: The online site orientation training is required before using the observatory with a trained telescope operator.

Get in those last few objects to receive your HAS Texas 45 certificate and pin at the January 2018 meeting!

December 20, 2017, 7:00PM: VSIG Meeting - December

Monthly Meeting of the Visual Observing Special Interest Group.  Join your fellow visual observers in the club for lively discussion of all kinds of visual observing.  Feel free to present your own observing projects to the group, or just come to soak up info from the rest of us. 

Meeting to be held at the Trini Mendenhall Community Center, 1414 Wirt Rd. 

April 21, 2018, 12:00PM: Spring Astronomy Day at the Insperity Observatory

It’s the first Annual Spring A-Day at the Insperity Observatory! Details as we get closer.

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